Surreal is the best word to describe it.
. . .
So, I just spent Christmas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and all I can say is: “Well, that was different!”.
At first, I didn’t know how to feel about not being home, but I quickly realized that I wasn’t alone (staying in a hostel definitely helped that).
I discovered that being abroad for Christmas is kinda surreal.
I won’t say that I didn’t get a little homesick (my brain kept telling me that it wasn’t normal, not to have snow for Christmas).
But, after the initial shock, it felt a little surreal to be able to say: “Merry Christmas!” while standing under a palm tree.
. . .
If you are planning to go abroad for the holidays, here’s what I learned during my experience:
At first, you will feel like you are missing out from your home traditions, but that’s why you need to learn as much as you can about these new traditions surrounding you.
Learning about these new traditions will help you notice all the similarities, and differences. The differences will make you want to celebrate this new & exciting holiday to learn more about it.
So, in conclusion, don’t think: “I miss my traditions.”.
Think: “Wow, this is interestingly and excitingly different!”.
And, remind yourself why you decided to travel abroad during this time of year!
Merry Christmas from Argentina!